Aria Dean is an artist who works in multiple media. Her interest in materialist and structural film has always been an intellectual base, and in her new film Abattoir, U.S.A.! she builds upon that base in ways that expand her creative practice. Dean speaks with McKenzie Wark about the connection between her earlier film and her newest piece, the importance of collaboration, and the challenges of being an artist who is also a noted writer.
To investigate the worlds formation and future, Julian Charrière explores landscapes through the lens of geological history and discovers poetry in material processes that connect us to the natural world. In his vision, science verges on the uncanny, a mystical fusion of light and materials. His installation at SFMOMA, Erratic, combines landscapes from the Arctic, Antarctica, and his native Switzerland in projects that span the past decade.
Matt Mullican is one of the artists Ive followed the most closely over the years. Part of that has to do with the fact that when I was getting interested in his work nearly forty years ago, I reached out to him, and was lucky enough to have some interview sessions. Fast forward to 2023 and the incredible exhibition thats going on right now at Peter Freeman. I feel like Im starting all over again, that Im needing more direct discourse with Matt Mullican so I can continue on the path of decoding and getting to the bottom of the iconography in his work.
Every now and then we think of the word abstraction as being associated with other related words, including non-objective, non-figurative, and even at times pure painting. Yet, every now and then were reminded of what John Constable once stated, My limited and abstracted art is to be found under every hedge, and in every lane.
Sumayya Vally and Aya Al-Bakree joined Guggenheim President Emeritus Jennifer Stockman and Rail Consulting Editor Joachim Pissarro for a conversation as part of the Rails New Social Environment Directors Series, a series spotlighting the work of those who lead important cultural institutions.